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The Hidden Garden is currently restricting our "in store visits" due to the COVID-19 crisis and "Safer at Home" guidelines. While we don't necessarily agree that flowers are not "essential" (see our blog post about the Science of Flowers) we wholeheartedly agree that the safety of our clients, friends and the HG family are our number on priority. We have been cleared to deliver fresh florals to your homes (no contact, porch deliveries) with blooms for every occasion. Weddings contact Sophie@hiddengardenflowers.com Social Events contact Jessy@hiddengardenflowers.com

Wedding Postponed? Things to consider

Wedding arrangement with hills in the distance

The latest news to the banning of large gatherings is affecting couples across the nation in the lead up to their wedding day. After months of planning, decision making, and excitement, many are finding themselves asking: what do we do now? As wedding florists in Los Angeles, we are asking ourselves the same question!

Before making any big decisions be sure to speak to your wedding planner and vendors on what your options are for postponing vs. cancelling your wedding as most companies are extending their Terms & Conditions so you don’t lose your deposits. As an LA floral designer, we at Hidden Garden are very understanding and happy to amend your quote as your new wedding plans develop.

When deciding on a new date, a few things to keep in mind will be the change of season and how this might affect your wedding plans. You’ll want to consider the seasonal flowers available, colors, and styles that suit the time of year.

Our wedding team is still here for you and happy to discuss ways we can work with your original ideas to make sure everything is just as beautiful as you always dreamed of!

How to Choose a Wedding Planner

Floral arrangement on a table with a notebook indicating planning

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. We would know, we've been providing beautiful wedding flowers in Los Angeles for many years! For most of our bubbly brides, it’s their first time planning a wedding and they don’t have a clue where to start. And that’s totally ok! Along with all the organizing, researching, and budgeting, wedding planning can quickly become a full time job. Sound like you? This is where a Wedding Planner steps in to save the day (hooray!) and you’ll count your lucky stars that it was the best decision you ever made. You can thank us later with chocolate 😀

Here are our top tips on what to look for in a Wedding Planner:

Personality

Find someone who is friendly, professional, and relatable. It’s easier to chat with someone who gets you. You’ll be working with this person anywhere from 6 to 12 months in the lead up to your big day so it’s best to make it a fun experience along the way!

Style & Trends

Every Wedding Planner should be on top of new and emerging trends. Whether it be an exquisite tablescape or a unique color palette, ask your planner what’s on trend and if they have any ideas up their sleeves. Wedding Planners are eagerly waiting for brides to ask them about new styles so they can let their creativity can run wild!

Budgeting

One of the first questions a Wedding Planner will ask is if you’ve started to think about your wedding budget. The role of a Wedding Planner is to act as bookkeeper and make sure everything stays on track. It is important to let your planner to guide you in selecting the centerpieces, florals, etc. that fit your look and style without breaking the bank.   

Problem Solving

In the world of events, the unknown will happen. Ear muffs! Wedding Planners are well aware and have been through it all. If anything happens not according to plan, your Wedding Planner will discreetly handle the situation with your guests none the wiser.

We hope these tips helped you on how to choose the right Wedding Planner for YOU.

Hidden Garden Flowers has been in Los Angeles for over 50 years. Our expert floral design team creates unique arrangements for a wide variety of events including weddings, hotels, corporate events, social events, as well as daily deliveries. We can help you choose flowers for any occasion. Contact us today to get started!

Flower Colors and Their Meanings

Another bunch of flowers of various colors

Thinking about sending a flower delivery in Los Angeles and wondering what colors to choose? The colors of the flower bouquet you choose can send a meaningful message. Although we don’t really believe in rules, we thought to share some simple guidelines to help you make your decision.

 

Red Flowers:

Passion, romance, and desire primarily to its association with the heart and flushed rosy cheeks. Did we make you blush? Red flowers that we love: Roses, Double Tulips, and Amaryllis.

Red flowers

Pink Flowers:

Love, gentleness, and grace hence why this pretty color is a favorite for sending flowers to someone special. Pink flowers that we love: Peonies, Dahlias, and Ranunculus.

Pink flowers

White Flowers:

Purity, honesty, and sympathy thus making it a traditional choice for weddings and to symbolize new beginnings. White flowers that we love: Garden Roses, Phalaenopsis Orchids, and Anemones.

White flowers

Yellow Flowers:

Happiness, friendship, and appreciation which is why it’s the perfect color to send to anyone to brighten their day! We just can’t help but smile! Yellow flowers that we love: Sunflowers, Billy Balls, and Daffodils.

Yellow flowers

Blue Flowers:

Peace, openness, and tranquility making it a great color to include in a Get Well Soon Arrangement. Blue flowers that we love: Hydrangea, Irises, and Delphinium.

Blue flowers

Green Flowers:

Renewal, harmony, and health primarily because this color is synonymous with nature and Mother Earth. Green flowers that we love: Amaranthus, Cymbidium Orchids, and Mini Green Hydrangea.

Green flowers

Purple Flowers:

Success, wealth, and admiration which is why this traditional, royal color is the perfect accompaniment to celebrate milestones. Purple flowers that we love: Lilacs, Calla Liles, and Vanda Orchids.

Purple flowers

Hidden Garden Flowers has been in Los Angeles for over 50 years. Our expert floral design team creates unique arrangements for a wide variety of events including weddings, hotels, corporate events, social events, as well as daily deliveries. We can help you choose flowers for any occasion. Contact us today to get started!

Discovering The Ranunculus Flower

Image of a Ranunculus flower

Ranunculus may give your tongue quite the twister but they are surely easy on the eyes. These Spring Blooms are a favorite of ours here at The Hidden Garden for their diverse colors and delicate looking petals. The first time I saw them, I thought they looked like a tea rose and a peony had a love child that resulted in the perfect mix of colors and gorgeously feathery petals. (Tea Rose and Peony sitting in a tree….K-I-S-S-I-N-G…)…

Walking through the Los Angeles Flower Market early in the morning, listening to the hustle and bustle of the growers, buyers and sellers, I love to pick out the new flower kids on the block. Sometimes my investigative skills are rewarded and I spot something like the ranunculus varietals from Italy and now even local Southern California growers. These newcomers were popping up in between the classics, begging for me to come take a peek. These new varietals include Cloni  Ranunculus and Pon Pon Ranunculus and we are loving them both!

Ranunculus are often called the “Riviera of Flowers” hailing from their inspiration and creation off the Northern Coast of Italy. Traditionally ranunculus only been available during cooler, Spring months and were nearly impossible to find in Summer and Fall. These limitations are no more thanks to so many new microclimates and growing techniques, we can see them available almost year round (thanks, science!). Look for these blooms from November to March because even with floral innovations, ranunculus do not enjoy the super-hot summer months.

Another few interesting facts about this unique gem. Its bulbs (or technically, corms, but let’s not get lost in semantics here) are cloned in a laboratory. I agree, that’s a little Frankenstein-esque. But unlike Shelley’s monster, these bold, bright beauties being created in a lab is the only similarity. You can actually grow these yourself and purchase the bulbs online. Don’t be afraid of what these gems look like prior to planting because the bulbs certainly belie what will sprout in about 8 to 12 weeks.

If you’d prefer to get your hands on these beauties already grown and you are not in the local Los Angeles area, you can have them shipped to you from popular sites like Fifty Flowers. Make sure you hydrate them as soon as you get them though to keep them in showstopper condition. Due to their increasing popularity, you might be able to find them in your local flower shop or even grocery store.

So whether you are growing these, picking these or requesting these from your favorite florist, keep alert for the standard ranunculus classics and the vibrant new varietals as well. You will not be disappointed by their blooming endurance, vibrancy and their overall happy, groovy vibe.

Bunches of Love this Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is around the corner and it's the perfect day to honor all the amazing Moms with the the gift of beauty and fragrance and of course, her fresh favorites! 

One of the greatest things about being a mom is that each one does it differently and our curated Mother's Love Floral Collection shows just that!  

Did I mention... PEONIES! 

You’re in luck! Their plush, ruffled blooms are full of color and texture that are simply to die for. So while there may be more refreshing spring blooms to choose from, believe us when we say they’re sure to sell out!

Lovely lilac, tulips, sweet peas and a variety of roses are just to name a few spring sensations to charm her away! 

 

For the Vibrant Mom our "Sunshine Mom" will keep her smiling all weekend! 

 

Click the Mother's Love tab to shop and send bunches of love! 

 

 

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